Can You Make Up For Lost Sleep? And How Much Is Losing Sleep Hurting You In The First Place?


” one of those misconceptions that we can dispose of today is the idea that you can make up for sleep you’ve lost during the week by sleeping in on the weekend.

University of Colorado researchers have found that people with consistent sleep deprivation gained weight and experienced a loss of insulin sensitivity. The researchers said that attempting to make up for lost sleep on the weekend not only didn’t counter the harm done to metabolism, it seemed to have made it worse.

Experts recommend that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That’s true of older adults as well, but many seniors don’t get the sleep they need, because they often have more trouble falling asleep, sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night.

“Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging,” Live Science reports.

Whatever the cause for lost sleep, scores of people try to make up for these deficits by sleeping more on their days off.  Scientists now say that not only can you not make up for lost sleep, but you’re likely damaging your health long-term by not getting enough sleep in the first place.

Consequences of lack of sleep

Findings from the Global Burden of Disease study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), found that 603 million adults were obese in 2015, and cardiovascular disease and diabetes were the first and second, respectively, leading causes of death from a high body mass index (BMI). And studies have repeatedly shown that insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders are recognized risk factors for obesity and diabetes.

The Colorado researchers outlined that specifically, “insufficient sleep alters several behavioral and physiological processes implicated in metabolic dysregulation, including regulation of energy intake and delayed circadian timing, which results in weight gain and reduced insulin sensitivity.”

Try keep your sleep schedule regular. Get to sleep at the same time every night, and maybe make use of our podcast to help clear your mind and engage it in a constructive way.

And if the podcast alone doesn’t work. Maybe a natural sleep aid will help? We haven’t tried this ourselves, but it is quite highly rated.

So why make a sleep aid podcast?

Why this podcast

It’s been an interesting few weeks since I hit on the idea to make a sleep aid podcast. While there are already excellent sleep aid podcasts I believe that I can bring out an alternative that will help people. Options are always a good thing to have.

While I’ve idly considered making a podcast before, it’s 2019 after all, who hasn’t? I haven’t had any ideas that stand out before. My interests are video games, movies and TV, all of these have literally thousands of options, so trying to get heard will be like shouting in the crowd at a huge sporting event and rock concert.

So I started formulating the idea of this site, and registering on every social network I could think of, while learning the basics of podcasting with what equipment I have available. More about the actual recording process in a future post.

While I want to do this for fun, I would like it to be able to at the very least support itself, so I am looking at unobtrusive monetisation options.

Podcast Hosting Choices

The need to monetise meant that unfortunately my first choice of podcast host, Podbean, fell by the wayside as they only support Stripe payments, which isn’t available in South Africa. For this reason I’ve settled on Libsyn as the terms they provide work well with my requirements, and they support PayPal.

What Libsyn offers that a lot of other hosts don’t is the unlimited archive. For listeners it will be helpful to have an archive to listen to every night, potentially all night. Personally I listen to a sleep aid podcast on ear-buds in my sleep, so if I wake up in the middle of the night they are still running.

So this is my motivation, why am I doing a podcast? And why should you listen? Because I want to help people sleep, and if you need the help, try out Sleepy Time Tales. Give it a few episodes and see if it works for you.

Good Evening, Friends!

Welcome to the home of Sleepy Time Tales. A podcast and site dedicated to the lost art of a good night’s rest.

It’s early days yet as we are laying the foundation of something great, so watch this space as we begin the process of creating something great, and restful.